At present, the Indian Air Force has three units of Israeli Phalcon AWACS and three units of smaller indigenous Netra AEW&C systems that are found mounted on Embraer aircraft.
The aerial engagement with the Pakistan Air Force that took place a day after the Balakot air strike was an eye opener that stressed on the importance of augmenting the number of our force multipliers. These platforms are capable of on-board command and control and ‘early warning’, which can be of immense help to the Indian Air Force to achieve an effective dominance in the air space within a very short while of time. The new systems that will be procured will be mounted on the Airbus aircraft.
Indigenous design ::
The Defence Acquisition Council also approved the idea of indigenously designing, developing and manufacturing ‘thermal imaging night sights’ for assault rifles. The Ministry said they will be manufactured by the Indian Private Industry partners and will be used by the troops arrayed on the front line.
The DAC also approved purchasing twin-engine heavy helicopters for the use of Coast Guard. The council said these aircraft will prove to be of immense help to the Coast Guard on its different missions aimed at preventing maritime terrorism and rescue operations.